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Radgrad: Using Degree Planning, Social Networking, and Gamification to Improve Academic, Professional, and Social Engagement during the Undergraduate Computer Science Degree Experience.

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Title:Radgrad: Using Degree Planning, Social Networking, and Gamification to Improve Academic, Professional, and Social Engagement during the Undergraduate Computer Science Degree Experience.
Authors:Takayesu, Amy M.
Contributors:Computer Science (department)
Keywords:Software Development
Educational Technology
Social Network
Degree Planner
Gami cation
Date Issued:Aug 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:A casual analysis of the Hawaii technology community site, TechHui, suggests that over the
past decade, recent alumni and current undergraduates of the Information and Computer Science
(ICS) program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) have experienced several problems
with various academic, professional, and social aspects of their ICS experience. Existing degree
planning systems such as STAR, Star sh by Hobsons, Blackboard Planner and Coursicle fail to
provide the speci c support that ICS students need to create a complete and comprehensive degree
plan. Existing academic social networks such as LinkedIn, TechHui and Rate My Professors fail
to connect students closely with professors and alumni. Current popular video games suggest that
several gami cation features could encourage ICS students to achieve higher goals. A new system
called RadGrad combines degree planning, social networking, and gami cation in a novel way that
aims to give ICS undergraduates the support they need to succeed and rede nes what it means to
have a successful degree experience. The overall goal of this thesis is to justify the initial RadGrad
system design and establish baseline values for future studies. A baseline student survey conducted
in Spring 2017 reveals current and more detailed student perceptions on the academic, professional,
and social aspects of the ICS degree experience prior to using RadGrad. These baseline results can
be used in a future study to measure if RadGrad has had any e ects on the students.
Description:M.S. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62287
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